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Church of England rules bishops can enter same-sex partnerships

January 04, 2013

The Church of England has announced that priests who are registered in same-sex partnerships can become bishops provided that they agree to abstain from sexual activity.

The announcement from the House of Bishops, one of 3 wings of the Church of England Synod, represents the latest in a series of steps toward Anglican approval of homosexuality, and promises to touch off new debates within the fractured Anglican communion.

In 2005, the House of Bishops had ruled that homosexual men engaged in civil partnerships could be ordained to the Anglican priesthood if they remained celibate. But that decision had not been applied to candidates for episcopal office, and at least one prominent priest, Dr. Jeffrey John, was blocked from becoming a bishop because of his gay partnership.


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  • Posted by: Adeodatus109 - Jan. 07, 2013 10:54 AM ET USA

    It's stories like this make me REALLY miss Diogenes...

  • Posted by: garedawg - Jan. 05, 2013 12:45 PM ET USA

    I can just imagine an Anglican clergyman coming home and saying to his boyfriend: "Honey, they've just elected me bishop, and we're gonna have to talk about a few things...".